Unless you have a very severe case of
atrial fibrillation, you should not have to alter your
daily activities. But ask your doctor about the risk of making your
arrhythmia worse before you engage in a strenuous activity. It is particularly
important to discuss any new workout program or participation in competitive
sports with your doctor before you begin.
The table below describes some of the ways your life may be affected
by your arrhythmia. Although some of these effects may only apply if you have
extremely severe atrial fibrillation, you should certainly seek medical advice
if you are concerned about your health for any reason.
Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heart beat or rhythm is changed and may not be able to pump enough blood. About 1% of Americans have AFib.
Millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, said Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a past president of the American Heart Association. "It's very possible to live a normal life for many years."
If you or someone you know has been...